Developing Undergraduate Research at Community Colleges Conference

The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) in conjunction with NSF and NCIA will be offering the conference, “Developing Undergraduate Research at Community Colleges”, at NHCC that will begin on Friday, May 17th, at 4:00 PM with a student panel consisting of two NHCC students (1 current research student and 1 student now in grad school), and a current and past research student from North Seattle CC and Mesa CC, respectively.

Beth Ambrose, Executive Director of the Council on Undergraduate Research, will introduce the panel.

The Friday dinner/plenary speaker will be Robert Full, UC-Berkley, Integrative Biology Program.  He is a very well-known scientist and very active as an undergraduate research mentor.  His specialty is comparative bio-mechanics.  Essentially, he uses animal models to design small robots.  His work has been featured on PBS TV and other media outlets.  He was the plenary speaker at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research in 2010.

NHCC President O’Brien will speak on Saturday morning.

Tia Brown McNair, leader of the AAC&U Roadmap Project, “Developing a CC Student Roadmap” will speak at lunch.

V. Celeste Carter, Program Director of the National Science Foundation Division of Undergraduate Education will speak from 3:15-4:00 PM on Saturday, May 18th.  The program will close shortly after 4:00 PM on Saturday.

The Saturday activities will include three concurrent sessions with four presentations in each concurrent session as well as the morning, lunch, and late afternoon speakers.  The presentations will essentially be “best practices” or success stories of two-year colleges from throughout the country that have successfully implemented and integrated UR on their campuses.

A pre-conference workshop with presentations and activities will run from 10:00 to 3:00 PM on Friday, March 17th.  This will be an introduction to undergraduate research, how to get started at a community college, and a venue for interested faculty/administrators/institutions to make an action plan to integrate UR into their campuses and curricula. Colleagues from North Seattle CC, Mesa CC, and NHCC will speak and facilitate activities at the pre-conference workshop.

Registration is only $50 because NSF is providing most of the funding.

Contact:  Jane Reinke,



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